Hixson Boys Fall in State Tennis Semis

Tuesday, May 20, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

MURFREESBORO - The Hixson boys tennis season that was a Cinderella campaign throughout came to a disappointing end here Tuesday with a 4-3 loss to Christ Presbyterian Academy at the Spring Fling state tennis tournament at the Old Fort Tennis Complex.

Playing a 5 singles, 2 doubles format, the Wildcats of coach Raul Fernandez took a 3-0 lead in singles with wins at Nos. 1-3-4 by Alex Condra, Carl Phillips and Kevin Nguyen only to have CPA post victories at Nos.2 and 5 to send the match to doubles.

"I was hoping we could get one of those last two singles matches that went three set to win it singles, but it didn't work out," said Fernandez whose team ends the season at 14-4..

In doubles, CPA claimed an 8-4 victory at No.2 doubles as all eyes then turned to No.1 doubles.

In a match with more drama and twists and turns than a mid-day soap opera, CPA  held on to win 9-8 (8-6) and earned a spot in Wednesday's championship match against Knox Catholic.

Both teams had one match point each before CPA closed it out.

"We have everyone back next year except Kevin Nguyen who graduates so we will work this summer on our game, re-load and hope to be back at the state tournament next May," Fernandez stated.

"Winning the district and region and earning a spot in the state final four for the first time in school history is a great accomplishment and our players should be proud of what they have done for the program and the school."

The glass slippers fit for all but two matches. Next season, coach Fernandez will have his guys ready to wear them all the way to the 2015 medal ceremony.

CPA Boys 4, Hixson 3

singles

Alex Condra (Hix) def. Zayne Mills, 6-1,0-6, 6-0

Jack Zieman (CPA) def. Richard Vuong, 6-2, 6-7 (5), 6-3

Carl Phillips (Hix) def. Hunter Pishie, 6-1, 6-3

Kevin Nguyen (Hix) def. Ben O'Donnell, 6-2, 6-1

John Robinson (CPA) def. Rivers De'Friese, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4

order of finish: 4-3-1-2-5

doubles

1 Zieman-Pishie (CPA) def. Condra-Vuong, 9-8 (6)

2. Mills-O'Donnell (CPA)  def. Phillips-Nguyen, 8-3

order of finish: 2-1

Records: Hixson (14-4)

contact B.B. Branton at william.branton@Comcast.net


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